The official start of high fire season in Santa Barbara begins today at 8 am. The start of fire season means that Santa Barbara County Fire Department and all other local agencies will be increasing the number of resources, including more crews available, more engines, dozers, helicopters and planes. All burn permits for hazard reduction will also be suspended. The Santa Barbara County Fire Department says it is important for everyone who lives, works and plays in Santa Barbara County to be extra vigilant about fire safety this season. It is important to maintain clearance vegetation around homes and buildings and be familiar with wildfire action plans. For more information about how to prepare for high fire season, please visit http://www.sbcfire.com.